Psychology & Human Development

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Program Overview - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Studies

The concentration in Psychology & Human Development includes a wide range of topics such as counseling, addiction studies, child and adolescent development, holistic health, and spirituality. Whether you are planning to a earn graduate degree in psychology, wanting to advance your career in the human services field, or are simply fascinated by the psychological dimensions of life, this concentration offers core knowledge in psychology coupled with specialized study topics that emerge from your own experiences and interests.

Like all of the concentrations in UI&U's Bachelor of Arts degree program, the concentration in psychology is embedded in rigorous, interdisciplinary study in the liberal arts that provides students with a well-rounded education. This approach fosters the problem-solving, writing, thinking, and speaking skills that are highly attractive to employers and graduate degree programs. We support the emergence of your unique plan of study by providing one-to-one contact with faculty experts and small group seminars. Your faculty advisor will provide guidance, mentoring, and encouragement to explore life experience, formulate relevant questions, and learn how these questions can be conceptualized and examined from a psychological perspective. Our aim is to provide you with a confident and broad grasp of the field of psychology as well as a deepened connection to your own place within it.

Teacher Licensure

Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Arts program is approved by the Vermont Department of Education to prepare teachers for licensure in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary English, secondary social studies, and K-12 art education. Adult students who have already met their math or science major may prepare for secondary math or science licensure. Learn more about Teacher Licensure.

Recent Student Studies

These are examples of independent studies developed by students in collaboration with faculty advisors. Independent studies include one-on-one dialogue with faculty mentors as well as group dialogue with faculty and peers.

  • Abnormal Psychology: Conventional and Holistic Approaches
  • Nature/Nurture in Child Development and Beyond
  • The Psychology of Spirituality
  • Jungian Psychology: Theory and Method
  • Autism: Diagnosis and Therapy
  • The Psychology of Stress: Exploring Stress and its Consequences
  • Studies in Female Identity: Exploring Women’s Rites of Passage
  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Understanding and Treating Substance Abuse
  • The Psychology of Mindful Parenting
  • Developmental Neuropsychology: Brain Development Across the Lifespan

Degree: B.A. - Liberal Studies
Credits: 120
Transfer up to 78 credits
Min Time: 42 credits (3.5 terms)
Start Dates: Jan, May, Sept

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